The concept of this collection is based on the narrativity of space and the relationship between reality and image. An object in a space and the way it was placed reveal the trace, memories and past of a person. Objects, by gathering in a group, form another scene. With images from reality, I re-created special spaces and varied objects. Through deconstruction of pictures, appropriation of pieces, collage and association, my emotions were left as marks and afterimages on the canvas. Eventually, all the existing, whether they seem totally different or closely connected, would become part of a larger whole.
In everyday life, the line between reality and virtuality is becoming blurred. I often browse photos of others online, peeking at those seemingly real moments. I chose to cut out the backgrounds of the photos, since they were relatively closer to reality, such as ornaments on the walls, messy objects, window frames in the back or the woods further behind the window. All these different backgrounds taken from the photos of others came together as a bizarre collection. Each of them has lost its original meaning and extended a new one. In the end, they became an actual scenery of splendor and vanity.
“Every stain on a wall will turn into a magnificent back garden; each irrelevant door will be linked to one another in every breath.”—Ye Mimi, Taiwanese poet
Many of the unexpected took place on the canvas. Objects and spaces taken from different pictures were transformed by painting. In the process of creating a new context, objects and spaces were re-located on the canvas. Perhaps, reality is just the projection of the fictitious existence of objects, from which we can only see the afterimage of realness.
Ye Mimi is a Taiwanese poet and filmmaker. Her works have won many prestigious awards, including the Unitas Literature Fiction Newcomer Award, Mandarin Daily News Reed Paper Award, and Best Film of the 2009 Doctorclip Roma Poetry Film Festival. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, Darknessand The More Car the More Far.